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 September 2020

Public Swim - Temporarily suspended

Open to all! This is a time where the toys are out, equipement is out, fun is had!

Family Swim - Reservation Required

Open to families, parents/guardians and those in their care.  All children must be accompanied by an adult for this swim time.

Anyone 7 years and younger must stay within arms reach of someone 16 yrs of age or older at all times.  Both the children and the guardian will get a yellow wristband upon check in. 

Aquaplex toys will not be available.  We encourage you to bring your own from home, please ensure that they are clean before putting them in the water. 

Capacity for swim: 50 people.  All participants of any age must have a reservation.

Kiddie Pool - Reservation Required

Open to parents/guardians and their little ones, a great time for introduction to the pool environment without a lot of the hustle and bustle of public or family swim times.  Also available for water walking. 

The space will be divided into two sections, and each section will be reservable. 

Aquaplex toys will not be available.  We encourage you to bring your own from home, please ensure that they are clean before putting them in the water.

Capactiy: 1 person or up to a maximum of 10 people in a co-hort per section.

Lane Swim - Reservation Required

Open to anyone, this time is for those swimmers wishing to do their own workout, while keeping to a lane style format.

Flutterboards, hard noodles, foam dumbbells and the blue or red floatation belts will be the only available equipment at this time.  After use, please put in the disinfection barrell on the pool deck. 

Snorkels are not permitted at this time in accordance to AHS guidelines.

Must swim down the middle of the lane in order to be physically distanced from the lane next to you.  

Capacity: 1 person per lane or up to a maximum 4 people (in a co-hort) in a lane.  

Designated Lane - Temporarily Suspended

During this time, one lane is set aside during other programs.

Aquatic Fitness Classes - Reservation Required

Who says you don't sweat in the water!

These instructor-lead classes will keep you moving and grooving in the water:

  • Aquafit: Low impact (or no impact in deep water) and with extra resistance because of the water, this program will get your heart pumping and your muscles engaged.  Can be done in the shallow end or the deep end with the assistance of a floatation belt or a noodle  
  • Water Therapy: This slower paced class focuses on using the wonderful properties of the water to work on joint and muscle movement and function.
  • Aqua Zumba: It's a party in the water! Come join us for this Latin-inspired dance workout, with a splash of water.  And don't worry about the moves, just keep moving! 

Capacity: 15 people.  We ask that if you are comfortable in deeper water or wearing a floatation that you start out deeper and allow the shallower end of the pool for those who need to touch bottom or are shorter. 




Please note that the Drumheller Aquaplex is currently closed, but will open on Wednesday, September 9th.  Reservations will be required for all recreation use.  Please keep checking our Facebook page or the Town Of Drumheller Facebook page for the most current updates.   


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Want to take your swimming skills to the next level?

Our facility hosts many leadership courses to train to be a lifeguard or a swimming instructor.

To check our current course dates and times, please see below, or call (403) 823-1322.  

Please note that all fees and schedules are subject to change, minimum enrollment must be met for courses to run.

To jump directly to online registration, please click here. 


Becoming a Lifeguard

Please refer to the following information that outlines how to become a lifeguard: 


Course Name

Course Dates

Bronze Medallion

 Mar 1-Apr  5 (Sundays)


Apr 14-17

Bronze Cross

Standard First Aid (SFA)

Summer 2020

SFA/AEC Recertification

June 29, 2020

National Lifeguard (NL)

July 3-7, 2020

NL Recertfication

June 28, 2020

The Bronze Medallion Award teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water rescue education:

  • Judgment;
  • Knowledge;
  • Skill, and;
  • Fitness.

Rescuers learn tows, carries, and defence and release methods in preparation for challenging rescues of increased risk involving conscious and unconscious victims of various types.

Lifesavers develop stroke efficiency and endurance in a timed swim.

Prerequisites: 13 years of age or Bronze Star


The Bronze Cross Award is designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training, including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities.

Prerequisites: Bronze Medallion


Standard First Aid (SFA) provides comprehensive training covering all aspects of first aid, CPR and AED.

Aquatic Emergency Care (AEC) provides the same comprehensive training that is taught in Standard First Aid, as well as an aquatic compenent covering shallow water rescues, spinal injuries and pressure related injuries. 

Prerequisites: None


The National Lifeguard ® (NL) award builds on the skills, knowledge and values that the Lifesaving Society teaches in its Pre-Bronze and Bronze Medal awards to develop the practical skills and knowledge required by lifeguards.

Prerequisites: 16 years old & Bronze Cross (need not be current) & current Standard First Aid Certification (SFA award can be from any Alberta Government recognized agency) OR another NL option (need not be current).


You can check out our schedule or register by coming in, over the phone, or online. Please call for an updated schedule.


Becoming a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor

Please refer to the list below that features the steps to becoming a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor:

STEP ONE: WSI Skills Assessment

- Candidates will demonstrate skills necessary for safety management and rescue for their swim classes.  

- This step must be completed before attending STEP THREE: WSI Pool and Classroom.

STEP TWO: WSI Online and Teaching Experience

- Done on your own time, you will purchase the WSI candidate package and complete on-line as well as workbook activities

- Once the on-line portion is completed, candidates will complete a teaching experience with a certified WSI, being able to take the skills that they learned from the on-line portion and apply them to a practical setting with actual students.  Candidates are required to do 4 hours with Swim Preschool classes and 4 hours with Swim Kids classses, staying with the same class throughout an entire session, seeing the students progressions from the first to the last day of lessons. 

- This step must be completed before attending STEP THREE: WSI Pool and Classroom.

STEP THREE: WSI Pool and Classroom

- Using the skills learned in the previous two steps, candidates will further their knowledge with long and short term lesson planning, class management and evaluation of skills.

- After the successful completion of all three steps, the WSI candidate will be certified as a Water Safety Instructor for two years.  During that time, there will be additional on-line sessions to complete before they are able to attend a recertification clinic to renew their award. 

Prerequisites: 15 years of age, ability to complete skills in Swim Kids 10, and one of the following: Bronze Cross OR Emergency First Aid OR Assistant Lifeguard


Steps to becoming a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor 

Course Name

Next Course dates

WSI Skills Assessment 

Feb 9 OR April 17 OR June 28

WSI Online & Teaching Experience

Purchase package from the Aquaplex and complete at home.  When finished Online, call to set up Teaching Experience times. Can be done anytime, must be completed before WSI Pool and Classroom

WSI Pool and Classroom 

February 18-21, 2020

WSI Recertification

February 9 OR June 28



Becoming a Lifesaving Instructor and Lifesaving Swim Instructor

Please refer to the following to learn how to become a Lifesaving Instructor and Lifesaving Swim Instructor

  • Lifesaving Instructor (LSI): TBD;
  • Swim Instructor (SI): TBD, and; 
  • LSI/SI Recertfication: TBD. 

Lifesaving Instructors / Examiners are trained to teach and evalutate the 3 Canadian Swim Patrol Program awards, as well as the Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross, and Distinction certifications.

Instructor / Examiner candidates are trained in aspects of learning as well as various approaches required to teach the following:

Candidates also learn about long-range and short-term planning, class management, safety supervision and the principles of evaluation. 

The Lifesaving Instructor / Examiner certification is the prerequisite for all other Lifesaving Society instructor certifications.

Certification in Alberta & Northwest Territories includes:

Prerequisites: 16 years old and Bronze Cross or higher.


The Lifesaving Society Swim Instructor / Examiner Course focuses on preparing the instructor to teach and evaluate the following:

  • Basic movement and swimming skills
  • Strokes, and;
  • Fitness.

Candidates are introduced to key principles of learning and teaching and acquire:

  • Proven teaching methods;
  • A variety of skill, and;
  • Stroke development drills and correction techniques.

Prerequisites: 16 years old, current Bronze Cross or higher, and Lifesaving Instructor / Examiner.

You can check out our schedule or register by coming in, over the phone, or online. Please call for an updated schedule.




Swimming lessons will be available starting in mid-October, starting with private and co-hort group lessons only.  Parents will be required in the water with their children for all Swim Preschool levels and up to and including Swim Kids 4. 

We have a variety of swimming lessons suitable for your child at the Aquaplex!

Please Note: To be considered registered for a class, payment must accompany the registration.  If no payment is recieved then the child will be put on the waitlist and is not considered as enrolled or holding a spot in the class.  Once payment is received, the child will be moved from the waitlist to the class list. 

 Click here to jump directly to online registration.

Please note that all fees and lesson schedules are subject to change, minimum enrollment must be met in order for classes to run.


For infants and toddlers (4 months to 36 months), we offer the Red Cross Swim Preschool Program.

This focuses on teaching the parents how to be safe and have fun with their little ones in the water.

Levels are based on age as follows:

  • Starfish (3-12 months);
  • Duck (12-24 months), and;
  • Sea Turtle (24-36 months).

Cost: $37.25


For the preschool age group (ages 3-5 years), we pleased to be offering the Red Cross Swim Preschool Program.

The program is designed to help your preschooler learn the fundamentals of swimming and how to be safer in, on and around the water.

Levels begin with Sea Otter, Salamander, Sunfish, Crocodile and Whale.  

What level should you register your child for?  Click here to see the conversion from the Aquaplex AquaKids program to the Red Cross Swim Preschool program.

Cost: $38.00


For the school aged participants (ages 6+), we offer the Red Cross Swim Kids Program

This program boasts 10 levels that starts off with learning the basics of how to swim, progressing to strokes and technique, and even low risk rescues.

When transitioning from the Preschool to Swim Kids, please note the following :

  • If your child participated in the AquaKids preschool swimming program and completed Jellyfish, please start your child in Swim Kids 2;
  • If they completed Dolphin, more so, please start your child in Swim Kids 3




Swim Kids 1-4


Swim Kids 5-7


Swim Kids 8-10



For the adult/teen swimmer, we offer drop-in lessons every Tuesday evening or Fridays at noon during the lane swim time.

Come in whenever it suits your schedule and pay per class ($16.50/45 minute class).

This is available to any level of swimmer, from the beginner swimmer through to those wanting to work on stroke technique.

Cost: $17.75


Is your child struggling on just their strokes? We offer 2 levels of stroke proficiency classes to focus just on those trouble spots. 

Stroke Development works with those in Swim Kids 4-6, and Stroke Improvement is geared towards those working on skills in Swim Kids 7-10.

Cost: $38.00

For those looking to fill the gap before they can start their Leadership courses, we offer the Canadian Swim Patrol Program.

It aims to provide enriched training for those who are ready to go beyond learn-to-swim.

It's levels, namely Rookie, Ranger, and Star continue to develop participants' swim strokes.

They also provide the skill foundation that prepares them for success in the Society's Bronze Medal Awards.

Each level of the program has three modules:

  • Water Proficiency;
  • First Aid, and;
  • Recognition & Rescue. 

Swim Patrollers work on content appropriate to their ability and interest.

Cost: $83.75

Junior Lifeguard Club (JLC) 

This program is for all youth between the ages of 8 to 15 years, interested in active living and having serious fun.

JLC members are encouraged to develop skills based on personal bests in swimming, lifesaving, fitness, knowledge, leadership and team work.

This program provides high activity challenges in an energetic "club" environment both on deck and in the pool.

Friends and family members can join together even if they are of different ages and abilities.

Members may also be introduced to competitive lifesaving activities.

Prerequisite: Swim Kids 6 or ability to swim 50 m continuously and tread water for 2 minutes.

Price based on instruction time, please see session for pricing details. 


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Where do I or my child start? We have never done lessons before? 




4-36 months

 Parented Starfish/ Duck/ Sea Turtle

3-5 years

Sea Otter

6+ years

Swim Kids 1


Adult / Teen Drop-in lessons


Swimming lesson price list:  

  • Red Cross Swim Preschool – Parented (ages 4-36 months): $37.25 - 30 minute classes;
  • Red Cross Swim Preschool (ages 3-5 years): $37.25 - 30 minute classes;
  • Red Cross Swim Kids 1-4 (ages 6+): $48.25 - 45 minute classes;
  • Red Cross Swim Kids 5-7 (ages 6+): $59.00 - 60 minute classes;
  • Red Cross Swim Kids 8-10 (ages 6+): $82.00 - 90 minute classes;
  • Drop-in Teen / Adult lessons: $17.25/class - 45 minute classes;
  • Swim Patrol: $82.00 - 90 minute classes, and; 
  • Stroke Proficiency classes: $37.25 - 30 minute classes.


You can register by coming in, over the phone, or through this link.

Please note that scheduling changes may also occur. For clarifications, kindly reach us at (403) 823-1322.

Private Lessons:

Private lessons are also available if you would like to work one-on-one with our instructors.

Please call or stop in to the Aquaplex to be added to the waitlist for private lessons.  When a space opens up, we will call down the list in order to see if the time available will suite your schedule.  When booked, payment must be recieved within the first 24 hours or the spot will be given to the next available person on the list. Payments can be made over the phone with a credit card or in person.

$16.50/30 minutes; add on additional person: $16.50 + $5.50/additional person for 30 minutes


Private Lessons (based on a 30 minute class)

1 person


Additional person

$16.50 + $5.75/additional person

Adult Private Lessons

GST to be added to above rates

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